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Psalm 55

Psa. 55:21 KJV (With Strong’s)

The words of his mouth
peh (Hebrew #6310)
the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to
KJV usage: accord(-ing as, -ing to), after, appointment, assent, collar, command(-ment), X eat, edge, end, entry, + file, hole, X in, mind, mouth, part, portion, X (should) say(-ing), sentence, skirt, sound, speech, X spoken, talk, tenor, X to, + two-edged, wish, word.
Pronounce: peh
Origin: from 6284
were smoother
chalaq (Hebrew #2505)
to be smooth (figuratively); by implication (as smooth stones were used for lots) to apportion or separate
KJV usage: deal, distribute, divide, flatter, give, (have, im-)part(-ner), take away a portion, receive, separate self, (be) smooth(-er).
Pronounce: khaw-lak'
Origin: a primitive root
than butter
machama'ah (Hebrew #4260)
something buttery (i.e. unctuous and pleasant), as (figuratively) flattery
KJV usage: X than butter.
Pronounce: makh-am-aw-aw'
Origin: a denominative from 2529
, but war
qrab (Hebrew #7128)
hostile encounter
KJV usage: battle, war.
Pronounce: ker-awb'
Origin: from 7126
was in his heart
leb (Hebrew #3820)
the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything
KJV usage: + care for, comfortably, consent, X considered, courag(-eous), friend(-ly), ((broken-), (hard-), (merry-), (stiff-), (stout-), double) heart((-ed)), X heed, X I, kindly, midst, mind(-ed), X regard((-ed)), X themselves, X unawares, understanding, X well, willingly, wisdom.
Pronounce: labe
Origin: a form of 3824
: his words
dabar (Hebrew #1697)
a word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause
KJV usage: act, advice, affair, answer, X any such (thing), because of, book, business, care, case, cause, certain rate, + chronicles, commandment, X commune(-ication), + concern(-ing), + confer, counsel, + dearth, decree, deed, X disease, due, duty, effect, + eloquent, errand, (evil favoured-)ness, + glory, + harm, hurt, + iniquity, + judgment, language, + lying, manner, matter, message, (no) thing, oracle, X ought, X parts, + pertaining, + please, portion, + power, promise, provision, purpose, question, rate, reason, report, request, X (as hast) said, sake, saying, sentence, + sign, + so, some (uncleanness), somewhat to say, + song, speech, X spoken, talk, task, + that, X there done, thing (concerning), thought, + thus, tidings, what(-soever), + wherewith, which, word, work.
Pronounce: daw-baw'
Origin: from 1696
were softer
rakak (Hebrew #7401)
to soften (intransitively or transitively), used figuratively
KJV usage: (be) faint((-hearted)), mollify, (be, make) soft(-er), be tender.
Pronounce: raw-kak'
Origin: a primitive root
than oil
shemen (Hebrew #8081)
grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively, richness
KJV usage: anointing, X fat (things), X fruitful, oil((-ed)), ointment, olive, + pine.
Pronounce: sheh'-men
Origin: from 8080
, yet were they drawn swords
pthikhah (Hebrew #6609)
something opened, i.e. a drawn sword
KJV usage: drawn sword.
Pronounce: peth-ee-khaw'
Origin: from 6605

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Cross References

The words.
Psa. 28:3• 3Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in their hearts. (Psa. 28:3)
Psa. 57:4• 4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. (Psa. 57:4)
Psa. 62:4• 4They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. (Psa. 62:4)
Psa. 64:3• 3Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: (Psa. 64:3)
Prov. 5:3‑4• 3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
(Prov. 5:3‑4)
Prov. 12:18• 18There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. (Prov. 12:18)
Prov. 26:24‑26,28• 24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
25When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be showed before the whole congregation.
28A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
(Prov. 26:24‑26,28)
Matt. 26:25• 25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said. (Matt. 26:25)
Luke 20:20‑21• 20And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
21And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:
(Luke 20:20‑21)

J. N. Darby Translation

Smooth were the milky words of his mouthh, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.

JND Translation Notes

Or "[The words of] his mouth were smooth as butter."